Stars-Sharks Preview

December, 12, 2010
12/12/10
11:39
PM CT
Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
Monday December 13
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (17-10-2) are coming off a 5-2 loss at Phoenix Saturday. The Stars fell behind 3-0 in the first period of the game.

“We knew they were going to come out hard. Their coach made it clear that this was their biggest game of the year,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “We thought we were going to be ready for it but obviously they were the better team out there tonight.”

Saturday’s loss ran the Stars’ winless streak on the road to three games (0-2-1).

Andrew Raycroft is expected to start in goal Monday.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (back), F Toby Petersen (hand) and F Krys Barch (foot/ankle) are out.

About the Sharks

San Jose (15-10-4) defeated Chicago 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. Ryane Clowe scored both San Jose goals, including the game-winner 3:52 into overtime. It was San Jose’s first win in four-on-four overtime, where they are now 1-4 this season.

“We needed a win, never mind when we got it,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “But the fact that we did win it in overtime, four-on-four - we looked a little sharper in that situation than we have in the past.”

The Sharks have won three of their last four games (3-1-0).

Injuries: F Devin Setoguchi (upper body) and D Kent Huskins (upper body) are questionable.

Series Notes
  • This is the second of six meetings between the two teams.
  • The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series and Sharks are 0-0-1
  • Thursday November 18 |at Dallas | Dallas 5, San Jose 4 (OT)
Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 1-5-1 on the road against Western Conference teams this season.
  • The Stars are 3-49 (6.1%) on the power play on the road this season.
  • San Jose has not allowed a power play goal in five of the last 6 games and is 12-14 on the PK during that stretch.
  • San Jose is 7-28 (25.0%) on the power play over their last seven home games.
  • The Stars have allowed one power play goal in each of their last three road games, but they are 30-34 (88.2%) on the PK over their last 11 games overall.
  • Stars forward James Neal has points in seven straight games (5 goals, 4 assists) and goals in each of the last three games.
  • Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has points in six of the last seven games (4 goals, 7 assists).

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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